Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has assured the hoteliers in the state , of looking into the matter of reducing the sales tax from 4 per cent to at least 2 per cent and will inform them about his decision only after discussing the same with his Cabinet Officers.
Karnataka CM was present at the valedictory ceremony of the 17TH State Level Convention of Karnataka Pradesh Hotel and Restaurants Association (KPHRA) and Hubballi Hotels’ Association while he made a speech about the sales tax levied on the hotels of the state.
He addressed a gathering on the lawns of a private hotel in Karnataka , where CM Siddaramaiah recalled his student days , when he was dependent on hotels as a student and even during as a lawyer from the year 1965 to 1983.
He has also mentioned that he had reduced the sales tax earlier but due to the subsequent coalition government in rule , it has been again increased to its original rate.
A File Photo Of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
“Will look into this matter raised by the President of KPHRA M. Rajendra along with wage revision for the hotel employees and several demands for the Regional Officers and others. However the GST Bill has come into practice , and will be in full form from the next year , so I will definitely look into the sales tax thing” CM Siddaramaiah said.
He went on by elaborating the importance of hospitality industry in the State and also linked tourism with hotel industry as “the development of tourism was quite dependent on the growth and progress of the hotel industry.”
“Tourism and Hotel Industry must work in collaboration to achieve the impossible , which matters a lot in their respective growth and the policy we have totally supports this type of relationship” he explains.
On the dais , the Minister of State for Fisheries , Youth Services and Sports , Mr. Pramod Madhwaraj was also present who requested the Karnataka CM to look into the existing rules and amend them with the change in time , so that the hotels and other eateries can be open throughout the night to serve the people.
On this occasion , CM Siddaramaiah was handed over a detailed list of demands and amendments from the Association and the Minister has promised to look into these issues and come up with the decision after discussing it with the higher authorities.